Priorys and Abbeys

Be inspired by the great Priorys and Abbeys of Cumbria which offer a place for peaceful contemplation as well as intrigue. Religious buildings have always played a pivotal role in Cumbria and the Lake District’s history and these holy places offer centuries of stories to be discovered within their walls. You can find marks on pillars where weary monks fell asleep, count stars in the ceiling or discover medieval treasures of a rich and prosperous Abbot.

Plan your visit by clicking on one our Priorys & Abbeys to find out more:

Furness AbbeyFurness Abbey (Barrow-in-Furness)

The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings.


Lanercost Priory (English Heritage)Lanercost Priory (near Carlisle)

Tranquil and beautiful, Lanercost Priory is a stunning 13th-century Augustinian Monastery, standing close to Hadrian’s Wall.



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